World of sports expresses solidarity with France

Published November 14th, 2015 - 06:45 GMT

Leading football clubs and athletes from around the world have condemned the gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris that killed over 125 people Friday night.

Former Chelsea and Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba tweeted: "Always in My heart #Paris".

London-based Premier League club Arsenal tweeted: "The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with those in Paris tonight.”

English club Manchester United also expressed its solidarity. "Everybody's thoughts at Manchester United are with those who have been affected by Friday's attacks in Paris," it said.

Manchester City's Argentine star forward Sergio Aguero shared the #PrayForParis hashtag on Twitter.

Catalan heavyweights Barcelona and the team's Turkish star midfielder, Arda Turan, also expressed their feelings over the incident online. Barcelona shared a French flag with PrayForParis hashtag on Twitter whilst Arda tweeted: "Terrible news. My prayers go out to everyone in Paris. #ParisAttacks".

"Our heartfelt condolences to the families of victims of the attacks in Paris and our total solidarity with the French people," Spanish top division La Liga team Atletico Madrid said.

Madrid club's French forward Antoine Griezmann tweeted that his sister managed to get herself out of Bataclan Concert Hall where several people died in the attack. "My all prayers are with the victims and their families. #ViveLaFrance [Long live France]," he tweeted.

"The result [of the friendly match between France and Germany at Stade de France] is not important. Take care everyone in Paris. Our thoughts are with the victims," German giants Borussia Dortmund tweeted.

Paris Saint-Germain grieved for the victims as the Parisian club changed its colors to black and white on its social media accounts.

The club on Facebook said: "Following the tragic incidents that have hit Paris last night, Paris Saint-Germain would like to express its solidarity and compassion for all victims of the odious attacks and as well as their families.”

NBA basketball players mourn victims

NBA team Chicago Bulls' Spanish center Pau Gasol tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with all the people in Paris. #PrayForParis #JeSuisParis".

Cleveland Cavaliers' worldwide famous U.S. forward LeBron James tweeted: "As I get ready for my game I can't help but to think of the tragedy in Paris! My God what's up with people. Prayers sent to all the families!"

Charlotte Hornets' French small forward Nicolas Batum tweeted: "My thought is with everyone in France and the families of victims... Stay Strong Paris".

Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier tweeted: "Sometimes winning a basketball game means nothing... so so sad man... all these innocent people... #prayforparis".

French Ministry of Sports announced the cancellation of all competitions in the Ile-de-France region following the attacks.

The rugby match between Racing 92 and Glasgow on Saturday and the handball game between Paris Saint-Germain and Tremblay in Paris on Sunday were also cancelled.

Earlier Saturday, French President Francois Hollande announced that Daesh terrorist group carried out the deadly gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris that left at least 127 people dead Friday night.

The French president termed the latest Paris attacks, which comes after the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, as an “act of war”.


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